tear in meniscus

To start off with, I am 6'5" 275 lbs. I was in the 82nd Airborne Division. I had a bad parachute fall where I dislocated my left hip. During my eval at the ER, they also found that L-3, L-4 and L-5 were herniated. I have since gotten out of the military (91) and went to my local VA. I am service connected on my hip and back. Since I am getting older, the pain has worsened and I went to the Dr. several times a year. On my last MRI of my back, it was found that the L-3/L-5 discs have Degen. Disc Disease or DJD. My L-5 disc also has a tear in it, to, but not into the nucleus. My hip is causing more pain now. Over the past year - year 1/2, my knees have started to bother me. My right more than my left and both have a grinding feeling and pop continuously. I see my reg Dr. and a Chiro. Dr. and have talked to both about this. I finally after 4 visits, got my reg Dr. to order an MRI on my knees. All I have been told about the results is that they found a tear to my R knee meniscus, nothing more from their findings and that I am getting a consult to Ortho. What questions do I NEED to ask this Dr. ? How bad are procedures on the knee, scopes-surgeries, how long are you out from surgery, does this normally fix the problem, etc ? Is there a possibility of this injury being connected to my L hip and disc conditions ? I'm sure I will find out more info when I get the consult with Ortho, but I would like to go into this with my eyes open. Thank you for any help with suggestions or information.

Posted By King Possum on November 23, 2007 at 23:18:25:

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